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1979: Teacher dies in Southall race riots
A 33-year-old man dies from head injuries after a bloody battle breaks out between police and demonstrators in Southall.

1984: Scientist finds Aids virus
The discovery of a virus which may cause Aids, the fatal disease sweeping through America, is hailed as a "monumental breakthrough" in medical research.

2001: Royal aide on trial for murder
A former personal assistant to the Duchess of York stands accused of murdering her boyfriend.

1968: Decimal coins reach the high street
The first decimal coins make their way into purses throughout Britain in preparation for replacing the current system of pounds, shillings and pence by 1971.

1998: Martin Luther King killer dies
James Earl Ray, the convicted killer of black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King dies in prison


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20 April
Top Story: 1999: Students 'kill dozens' at Denver school

21 April
Top Story: 1945: Red Army enters outskirts of Berlin

22 April
Top Story: 2000: Swat team grabs tug-of-love Cuban boy

24 April
Top Story: 1993: IRA bomb devastates City of London

25 April
Top Story: 1980: Tehran hostage rescue mission fails

26 April
Top Story: 1962: First US rocket lands on Moon


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